Disadvantages

The main disadvantage is that all the long-term studies have shown high failure rate. There is the potential for reaction to the graft material with synovitis, as seen with the use of the Gore-Tex graft. With the Gore-Tex graft, there was also the increased risk of late hematogenous joint infection. The results that have been reported with the use of the Gore-Tex graft suggest that it should not be used for ACL reconstruction. Unacceptable failure rates have also been reported with the use of the Stryker Dacron ligament and the Leeds-Keio ligament. The ligament augmentation device was also found to be unnecessary.

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